Ladies lunching: Annual event showcases area’s Most Influential Women

Emily Letterman, Features Editor
It is said behind every great man, there is a great women. In Springfield, those women are right out front.

The Springfield Business Journal hosted the 14th annual Most Influential Women event Oct. 18, honoring 20 of the Ozarks’ best, brightest and most influential ladies. With more than 350 people in attendance, the White River Room played host to the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” themed event, complete with Fifth Avenue chicken salad for lunch and tables adorned with Tiffany blue boxes and dripping in pearls.

SBJ once again partnered with Women in Need to help raise money during the event though a silent auction and donations. As of this morning, the ladies of WIN were still counting, but $6,792 has been raised so far.

On behalf of the entire SBJ staff, congratulations again to this year’s honorees and thank you to the community who came out in support of each lady and for WIN.

SBJ’s 2013 class of Most Influential Women

SBJ’s 2013 class of Most Influential Women


Reporter’s notebook
It’s official – I’ve come full circle at SBJ. One year ago, I left the office of the Christian County Headliner News in Ozark and attended SBJ’s 2012 Most Influential Women event. Friday, I helped organize the 2013 MIW event.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my one-year anniversary than with this group of outstanding and influential women. Each of these women knew what they wanted out of life, took the reins and made it happen. I admire that.

As a professional woman in 2013, I know the challenges I face, but I also know my path is smoother because of the women who have come before me.

Women such as SBJ President and Chairwoman Dianne Elizabeth Osis, who started our company 33 years ago and grew a successful business out of what has been termed a dying industry.

Behind every great man there may be a great women. But, behind every great woman, there definitely are the footsteps of the women who came before her.

Thank you ladies.

My reporter’s notebook wouldn’t be complete without a few iPhone photos from the event. For more professional photos from our staff photographers, check out the photo gallery at SBJ.net and the album on our Facebook page.

Prior to the event, the SBJ office was a sea of Tiffany blue.

Prior to the event, the SBJ office was a sea of Tiffany blue.

The stage was set and we were ready to go.

The stage was set and we were ready to go.

Kudos, once again, to Springfield Hot Glass for their amazing work.

Kudos, once again, to Springfield Hot Glass for their amazing work.

The silent auction benefiting Women in Need was a hub of activity.

The silent auction benefiting Women In Need was a hub of activity.

table

Because I know everyone likes to see what we had for lunch.

Because I know everyone likes to see what we had for lunch.

Dessert, always my favorite part.

Dessert, always my favorite part.

Applause rung through the hall as each lady made her way to the stage.

Applause rung through the hall as each lady made her way to the stage.

Women in Need volunteer and my friend Theresa Carter was surprised on stage as WIN presented her with a donated a mini-van. Her tears were real. My heart was full of joy.

Women In Need volunteer and my friend Theresa Carter was surprised on stage as WIN presented her with a donated mini-van. Her tears were real. My heart was full of joy.

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